Ronny Turiaf Proves The Washington Wizards May Just Be Picking Up Scraps In the Free Agent Market

3:41 PM, Dec 10, 2011   |    comments
New York Knicks center Ronny Turiaf (14) dunks the ball against the Boston Celtics during the first half at TD Garden. (Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE)
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WASHINGTON (The Wiz Kid/WUSA) -- Multiple outlets are reporting that the Washington Wizards have agreed to a trade with the New York Knicks that will send big man Ronny Turiaf to DC for absolutely nothing. The Knicks made the move to clear cap space for the signing of former Dallas Maverick center Tyson Chandler.

Turiaf is owed $4.3 million this season and the Knicks may even have to send further cash incentives to meet the trade parameters in the new CBA.

New York continues to reload and try to surround its superstars while the Wizards round up the scraps around the trash can. It's almost as if the Knicks front office said "Aw, poor Wizards. Let's just throw them a stocking stuffer. Turiaf? That'll do. Those poor guys."

I really do like Turiaf. He's a fabulous role player with a work ethic. But this move signals that no big splash -- like the Nene pickup I suggested -- is going to be made. That means the Wizards are going all in during the 2012 offseason, which is something I don't think is all that wise.

While this move won't send fans running into the streets hugging each other in joy, it's an upgrade at the cost of nothing. The 28-year-old has always been a well-received player everywhere he's played. The Frenchman spent three years with the Lakers, two with Golden State and one as a Knick. Here's exactly what you're getting with him:

* A defensive spark off the bench to backup both Blatche and McGee.
* 6-foot-10, 245 pounds of hustling in five minute bursts for three quarters. I could easily see his role increasing in Washington.
* Not a scoring threat at all, averaging 5.3 points per game in his six NBA seasons.
* Someone who actually buys into the team concept...that's weird in Washington. But refreshing.

The move is not completely official yet. Like I've stated I think the addition of Nene makes perfect sense for this team but I am a fan of both the Roger Mason Jr. and Turiaf additions. These veterans could potentially neutralize the three knuckleheads (you know who I'm talking about) and have expiring contracts after the season. Low risk/high reward situation.

I still wouldn't hold your breath on the Wizards playoff chances in 2011-2012.

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